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Stephen Breyer, the Supreme Court's 'Raging Pragmatist'

last monthNews : Reason

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Justice Stephen Breyer's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Writing at USA Today, Richard Wolf marks the occasion by pronouncing Breyer he "high court's raging pragmatist," a jurist who, "perhaps...Show More Summary

Active Liberty Lives!

When a justice is in the minority on the Supreme Court, as Justice Stephen Breyer has long been, there aren’t many opportunities to write truly landmark opinions. Those are the spoils of the majority, or at least of Anthony Kennedy. Yet Breyer found himself writing for a surprising majority this term in NLRB v. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Effectively Puts Aereo Out of Business

The official word on Aereo came down from the Supreme Court today, and the word is "no." The ruling came down 6-3 against the streaming TV company. In an opinion written by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, the court directly contradicted...Show More Summary

‘Cold Fish’ Memo on Justice Breyer Surfaces in Clinton Papers

When Deputy Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn argues before the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer and his eight colleagues sit in judgment. But the roles were reversed 21 years ago, when Mr. Gershengorn helped then President Bill Clinton vet Mr. Breyer, then a federal appeals judge in Boston. The verdict was severe.

Junior Varsity Politics: SCOTUS Finalizes NLRB v. Noel Canning

Justice Stephen Breyer warned of the danger when Supreme Court Justices are perceived as "junior-varsity politicians" on May 20, 2014 at the American Law Institute. President Franklin D. Roosevelt -- almost exactly 79 years earlier -- blasted the Court for playing such politics after it repeatedly crushed needed New Deal reform programs. Show More Summary

'A Freedom-Destroying Cocktail': Justice Breyer Keeps Siding with the Cops in Fourth Amendment Cases

5 months agoNews : Reason

In his 2010 book Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer urged the federal courts to adopt a broad posture of judicial deference towards the other branches of government. Judges must "take account...Show More Summary

ABC, McClatchy: 6-2 Vote Upholding Affirmative Action Ban Shows 'Divided' SCOTUS

Mainstream media outlets like ABC News and McClatchy tried to frame the Supreme Court as "divided" after its 6-2 ruling--with which even liberal Justice Stephen Breyer concurred--that upheld Michigan's constitutional amendment banning affirmative action. Show More Summary

Supreme Court opens a ‘floodgate’ for more private money in political campaigns

6 months agoOdd : Death and Taxes

Opposing Justice Stephen G. Breyer said, "today’s decision may well open a floodgate” whereas Citizens United opened a door.

Highlights from Justice Breyer’s McCutcheon Dissent

Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Getty Images The campaign finance ruling handed down by the Supreme Court on Wednesday exposed a fundamental divide between the court's conservative and liberal wings with respect to political giving and the First Amendment. Show More Summary

Justice Breyer: Campaign finance limits protect the First Amendment

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer blasted the high court's ruling that struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions, writing in a dissent that the majority opinion was "fatally flawed" and would harm "democratic legitimacy."...Show More Summary

Will 1st Circuit Nominee David Barron Be Nominated to SCOTUS?

The U.S. Supreme Court justices are drawing nearer toward retirement: Ruth Bader Ginsburg just turned eighty-one; Antonin Scalia is seventy-eight; Anthony Kennedy is seventy-seven; and Stephen Breyer is seventy-five. If President Obama gets the opportunity to fill another Supreme Court vacancy, whom will he select? Jeffrey Toobin recently penned a......

Largest Catholic University to Host Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Judge Stephen Breyer

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer is more than vaguely “pro-choice.”  He penned the majority opinion in the Stenberg v Carhart decision in 2000, striking down state laws banning partial-birth abortion.  In fact, the abortion procedure he supported is so barbaric that the United States Congress called for its outright prohibition in 2003: “A […]

Yes, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should still retire

Apparently there’s some question about the strategic imperative facing liberal Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer an Ruth Bader Ginsburg now that Democratic senators have fought back against Republican obstruction on nominations. Let me clear this up. There’s absolutely no question about it; if they want to secure the principles they have fought for during their […]

When a jury says 'life' and a judge says 'death'

Two Supreme Court justices — Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer — are upset that the court won’t hear the appeal of an Alabama killer who was sentenced to death by a judge after a jury declined to impose the death penalty. They have lots of company. But I’m sympathetic to the justices who declined to take the case.

Disgraced Journalist Stephen Glass: Will He Be Allowed To Practice Law?

10 months agoNews : The Inquisitr - News

Disgraced Journalist Stephen Glass, who fabricated dozens of articles for a publication may be fit to practice law. A number of California Supreme Court justices are skeptical about Glass being morally fit to practice. Glass applied to practice law in California having passed the state’s bar exam back in 2007. Show More Summary

Book News: Marcel Proust in Court, Mark Twain Electrified

Alice Munro will not travel to Sweden for the Nobel ceremony, due to health concerns. “To me, Proust is the Shakespeare of the inner world.” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on reading and re-reading Proust. From cave paintings to e-books, a brief history of publishing. Show More Summary

Federal Court of Appeal Justice Marc Nadon Nominated to Supreme Court of Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today nominated Federal Court of Appeal Justice Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada.He is to replace Mr. Justice Morris Fish, who retired in late August.Justice Nadon will appear this Wednesday inShow More Summary

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on the benefits of educational exchange

On Monday evening, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague was expected in Washington to speak to alumni of British universities at the British Embassy. But the revelations about NSA surveillance kept him in London to address Parliament instead. Was there disappointment … Continue reading ?

Personality Quiz: Which Supreme Court Justice Are You?

It seems I’m Justice Stephen Breyer. [humor, Kyle Graham] Tweet Tags: humor, Supreme Court Personality Quiz: Which Supreme Court Justice Are You? is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Justice Breyer released from hospital after bicycle fall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was released from the hospital on Monday after being injured in a fall from his bicycle last week, a court spokeswoman said.

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